Bradley D. Stein

Senior Natural Scientist
Pittsburgh Office


Ph.D., Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.P.H. and M.D., University of Pittsburgh; B.A., Georgetown University

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Bradley Stein is a senior natural scientist at the RAND Corporation and an adjunct associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. A health services and policy researcher with clinical experience working with children and adults with mental health and substance use disorders, Stein's research focuses on understanding and improving care for individuals with mental health and substance use disorders. Stein has worked extensively in the area of school mental health, developing, evaluating, implementing, and disseminating a school-based intervention for students exposed to trauma and violence, as well as implementing a school-based suicide intervention program. He has examined the mental health and substance abuse care of a broad range of Medicaid enrollees, including children and adults with depression, children with ADHD, children with autism, children receiving psychotropic medications, and individuals with opiate dependence and other substance use disorders. Stein's recent work involves using technology to support the dissemination and implementation of effective interventions for traumatized children and examining the impact of state policies on the use of evidence-based treatment of Medicaid-enrolled individuals with heroin and narcotic addiction. Stein previously served as the senior director of research, evaluation, and outcomes at the Community Care Behavioral Health Organization. He serves on the editorial board of Psychiatric Services and previously served on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Stein received his M.D. and M.P.H. from the University of Pittsburgh and his Ph.D. from the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

Recent Projects

  • Opioid use disorder medication-assisted treatment policy
  • Examining the impact of state policies regarding the treatment of autism on the families of children with autism spectrum disorders
  • Enabling schools to better meet the needs of children exposed to traumatic events
  • Examining the potential of the internet to support the dissemination and effective implementation of effective mental health treatments.

Selected Publications

Sontag-Padilla L, Woodbridge MW, Mendelsohn J, D'Amico EJ, Chan Osilla K, Jaycox LH, Eberhart NK, Burnam MA, Stein BD., "Mental Health Service Utilization among California Public College and University Students: Who Accesses Resources and Who Doesn't?" Psychiatric Services, 2016 (forthcoming)

Leslie DL, Iskandarani K, Dick AW, Mandell DS, Yu H, Velott D, Agbese E, Stein BD., "The effects of Medicaid home and community-based services waivers significantly reduce unmet needs among children with autism spectrum disorder.," Medical Care, 2016 (forthcoming)

Burns RM, Pacula RL, Bauhoff S, Gordon AJ, Hendrikson H, Leslie DL, Stein BD., "Policies Related to Opioid Agonist Therapy for Opioid Use Disorders: The Evolution of State Policies from 2004 to 2013.," Substance Abuse, 37(1):63-9, 2016

Dick AS, Pacula RL, Gordon AJ, Sorbero M, Burns RM, Leslie DL, Stein BD., "Growth in Buprenorphine Waivers For Physicians Increased Potential Access To Opioid Agonist Treatment, 2002-11.," Health Affairs, 34(6):1028-34, 2015

Stein BD, Pacula RL, Gordon AL, Burns RM, Leslie DL, Sorbero M, Bauhoff S, Mandell T, Dick AW., "Where is Buprenorphine Dispensed? The Role of Private Offices, Opioid Treatment Programs, and Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities in Urban and Rural Counties.," Millbank Quarterly, 93(9):561-83, 2015

Honors & Awards

  • RAND President's Choice Bronze Award, 2016, RAND Corporation
  • Sidney Berman Award for School-Based Study and Intervention for Learning Disorders and Mental, Health, 2013, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: Associated Press; Detroit Free Press; KCBS-AM; KPCC-FM; Los Angeles Times; Mental Health Weekly Digest; Pittsburgh Business Times; Reuters Health; Santa Monica Mirror;

Video Interviews: CCTV


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    Toward a Learning Behavioral Health Care System

    New technologies for capturing and sharing data have begun to transform the way providers practice medicine in the United States. Expanding these technologies to behavioral health care could enhance the delivery of services and improve outcomes for millions of Americans.

    Dec 20, 2016 Inside Sources